The question for the challenge was "what could be a useful tool to astronauts on a mission to Mars?" Instead of thinking of ways to entertain the astronauts, we thought of one of the most essential tools for the voyage overall: a pH monitoring system for the water supply aboard the spacecraft. This could also adapted for other aspects of the mission.
What it does
It checks the pH of the water supply aboard the crew spacecraft. In addition, it updates the status of the pH every minute.
How we built it
Using a random number generator, we were able to simulate a changing pH of the water. We designed the program to display the following messages based on the pH:
0-2 pH displayed an emergency alert due to high acidity, 3-5 pH recommended filter check , 6-9 pH showed stable levels, 10-11 pH recommended changing filters due to possible contaminates, and 12-14 pH sent an alert regarding significantly raised alkaline levels
Challenges we ran into
Settling on a scripting language. Every team member had a different skill level, as well as minimal knowledge of the others' respective disciplines. We chose Python due to its simple nature, which made it easier to learn quickly.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Learning the basics of Python. Everyone logged onto Codecademy.com, and worked through the first several lessons before getting into the actual coding.
What we learned
Learning Python taught us to work together more efficiently by urging us to communicate in order to truly understand the subject at hand. Also, research into urine filtering systems proved highly educational.
What's next for Hsv Hackathon Spyder Project
We hope to be able to add the other areas of life support, such as: Oxygen supply Food quantity Energy availability